20171219

Suspected Assassins Kill NDDC Official

Mr Francis Agba, said to be a staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was on Monday shot dead around the General Hospital, Ekpan in Uvwie council area of Delta state, by suspected assassins.

The incident came just six days after a similar incident, in which a banker, one Obaro Oji, was gunned down by yet to be accosted armed men around the Ekpan Bridge.

According to eyewitnesses, the killers, who drove against the traffic in a Toyota Camry, trailed their target to the hospital, where he was said to have taken his wife to for medical care... 

He was reportedly shot pointblank as he came out of the hospital.

An eye witness who simply gave his name as Onoriode said the deceased was a member of staff of the NDDC, adding that he hailed from Isoko ethnic group in the state.

When contacted for confirmation of the incident, the Director Corporate Affairs of the NDDC, Ibitoye Abosede, said he couldn’t not immediately confirm if there is anyone by the name of the deceased at the Warri office of the commission, but promised to do a check with some of those running the Warri office and get back with information.

Meanwhile, when reached for an official confirmation Monday evening, the spokesman of the Delta state police command, Andrew Aniamaka (DSP), told The Nation that he was yet to get any situation report indicating such an incident.

“You are about the second person who would be calling me over this, but the DPO of Ekpan has not given me any sitrep to indicate any such incident. I’ll reach back to him and get back to you soon”, Aniamaka said.

Last week Tuesday, a gang of armed men had killed one Obaro Oji, an employee of an old generation bank branch in Warri, around the Ekpan Bridge, less than 500 metres away from where Agba was killed Monday.

His killers took nothing from him.

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